Thursday, July 9, 2009

Smart kids shouldn't listen to my lyrics.

I played a gig at Bellarmine University this afternoon for a group of Kentucky High School Seniors-to-Be called Governor's Scholars. When I was part of this group back in 1995, we called it "nerd camp." It's basically summer camp for the over-achievers. They go and take classes and expand their horizons and stuff. It's pretty cool.

I played for about 30 minutes, then answered questions and talked about life as an artist and following your dream and stuff.

What really got me though about these kids was how well they listened. A group of 200+ high school kids who were taking pictures and whispering and texting ... still managed to catch every dirty joke or song lyric I sang. I felt kind of guilty. Then I realized I think maybe I write too many dirty songs. Or I don't expect the audience to actually catch my lyrics.

I need to be careful. People are actually listening.

1 comment:

  1. It's not too many dirty songs. It only seems that way this time due to your audience. As you stated, these are the nerd kids. The ones who pay more attention than the average drunk in a bar who happens to be at the place on the same day you are playing. They are smart. These are the kids, who in the future, will CHOOSE what music they go based on actual interests and talent, not the size beers they serve at a particular venue.

    I think you have a new crop of future money paying fans!